My Reflections on Repeating GAPS Intro

A little while ago I mentioned that I was doing GAPS intro for the second time.  Now that I have finished my second round of intro, I thought it would be helpful for me to share a few things I noticed during this repeat.

As much as I was kind of dreading doing intro again, it really wasn’t too bad!  It was shorter for one thing; I only spent about three weeks doing it this time around.  I felt ready to move through the stages a bit more quickly after having been on GAPS for more than eight months.  I was starting at a much better place healing-wise than when I did it originally.

I also had a much better sense of what I was doing this time.  I had a good repertoire of dishes I was used to making.  I already had lots of lard and tallow on hand.  I’m an old pro at making chicken and beef stock.  And even though intro is much more restrictive than full GAPS, I was at least more used to eating this way than when I started last summer.

As far as any progress in my healing, I noted before that I had seen a huge improvement in my eczema rashes.  I had hoped that they would completely go away by the time I was done with intro, but that didn’t happen.  Instead I discovered that my rashes are really a great indicator of how quickly to increase my probiotics, both in food and pill form.

Now that they are more under control than back in January and early February, I’ve found them to be a helpful signal of when it’s time to bump up my levels of probiotics.  As my rash fades to almost nothing, I know it’s time to go ahead and increase my probiotics by a quarter of a capsule.  I know my rashes are going to get worse for a few days at least.  So I just wait it out and watch for them to fade.  It’s so convenient having my own visual indicator light!

Part of my reason for doing intro again was also to work on getting my probiotic foods up to a high enough level.  I’m now eating about half a cup of fermented veggies at each meal.  It really seemed to help to increase these amounts while going through intro.  I think the intro foods are so easy to digest that it made it that much easier to increase my probiotic veggies.

It’s nice to be back on full GAPS again, but I’m glad I took the time to go through intro once more.  I don’t have any plans to do intro again in the near future, but I guess you should never say never!

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, Sunday SchoolMonday Mania, Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday.

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  1. Hello there! I have been a vegan for many years. I have hives for about the last five years. My stomach hurts after eating most things. I was thinking about going on GAPS for this year. How did you like it? Was it hard to go out to eat with friends/family? Do you have any recommendations on what probiotics to take? Why did you go back to the intro twice?

    Thank you ahead of time for taking time to answer my questions!

    Warmly,

    Stephanie

    • Mindy says:

      Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for stopping by my blog! I think the GAPS diet has been really helpful for me. I’ve been on it for a little over a year now. It can be challenging fitting the prep in for making so many things at home, but it gets better as time continues on. : )

      Eating out with friends and family can be a challenge. I feel fortunate that I live in Boulder where people are pretty aware of different health issues and diets. Most restaurants around here are pretty easy to work with. I’ll be doing a guest post early next month all about eating out while on the GAPS diet. I’ll post a link to it from my blog. Whenever I go over to family or friends’ homes for dinner, I find out what they’re making ahead of time. Then I just bring over whatever else I need so that I can eat, too. Sometimes that means just bringing a separate meal for me.

      I take Bio-Kult which is the one that Dr. Natasha recommends. I typically order 5 boxes at a time on Amazon which helps save a little money. Just be sure to introduce them slowly!

      I decided to do intro a second time (although much shorter – only for about 2 weeks or so) to help jump start everything for me again. I had had a very bad time with die off from increasing my probiotics much too quickly and making my kefir way too strong! I was feeling pretty miserable and on the advice of my GAPS practitioner decided to re-do intro to help. And it made a big difference for me!

      Hope all of this helps you as you prepare to get started on GAPS. Let me know if you have any other questions!

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